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Action Research Dissertation Guide

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New Books in PsycBooks

Here are the new books recently added to our PsycBooks database:

Activities for Teaching Positive Psychology: A Guide for Instructors 2012  Edited by Jeffrey J. Froh, PsyD and Acacia C. Parks, PhD

“Positive psychology is a rapidly expanding area of study that is of great interest to students at the graduate, undergraduate, and high school levels. But the field is so broad that teachers who want to cover all the bases when designing a positive psychology course may have difficulty locating and selecting materials.  Activities for Teaching Positive Psychology addresses this problem by presenting a comprehensive set of fun, interactive classroom activities devised by contributors who are experienced teachers as well as leading scholars in their areas.”

  Controversy in the Psychology Classroom: Using Hot Topics to Foster Critical Thinking  2012  Edited by Dana S. Dunn, PhD; Regan A. R. Gurung, PhD; Karen Z. Naufel, PhD; and Janie H. Wilson, PhD

“This book provides frameworks for teaching controversial topics and skills for handling disruptions, so teachers can help students evaluate evidence and develop testable questions.”

  Health and Social Relationships: The Good, The Bad, and The Complicated  2012  Edited by Matthew L. Newman, PhD and Nicole A. Roberts, PhD

“The contributors to Health and Social Relationships not only examine the psychological and physiological linkages between relationships and health, but also offer clinical implications — such as how to foster good social relationships in our personal lives and in our communities at large.”

  Presurgical Psychological Screening: Understanding Patients, Improving Outcomes  2012  Edited by Andrew R. Block, PhD, ABPP and David B. Sarwer, PhD

“The success of many surgical procedures depends not only on the skill of the surgeon and the use of state-of-the-art technology, but also on the actions and characteristics of the patient. Patients' emotional and psychosocial concerns, health-related behaviors, outcome expectations, and compliance with treatment regimen can all strongly influence the ultimate effectiveness of surgery.  Thus, mental health professionals are increasingly called upon to perform presurgical psychological screening (PPS) to ensure that patients are given the treatments most likely to be effective, while reducing the chances of worsening their conditions.  This book presents PPS procedures for a wide range of surgery types, such as spinal surgery, organ transplantation, bariatric surgery, and plastic surgery. Drawing on both research and clinical experience, the authors explain how to conduct PPS, communicate results to patients and surgeons, and identify possible pre- or postsurgery interventions to mitigate risk factors and maximize the likelihood of surgical success.”

 Understanding and Treating Pathological Narcissism  2012  Edited by John S. Ogrodniczuk, PhD

“In this book, today's most prominent thinkers and clinical experts on pathological narcissism address the challenges facing therapists who work with narcissistic patients. They trace the history of our understanding of narcissism, from ancient myth, to Freud and subsequent psychodynamic approaches and also provide clinicians with a comprehensive guide to treatment that covers features of the disorder, diagnosis, and assessment, as well as special considerations in the vital areas of transference and countertransference.”

  Alcohol and Illicit Drug Use in the Workforce and Workplace  2012  By Michael R. Frone, PhD

“In this authoritative book, Michael R. Frone takes a close look at what we know and don't know about workforce and workplace substance involvement. In doing so, he exposes the lack of evidence behind many popular myths that have persisted since the "war on drugs" began in the 1980s.”

  Authoritative Parenting: Synthesizing Nurturance and Discipline for Optimal Child Development  2012  Edited by Robert E. Larzelere, PhD; Amanda Sheffield Morris, PhD; and Amanda W. Harrist, PhD

“In this book, leading scholars update our thinking about authoritative parenting and address three unresolved issues: mechanisms of the style's effectiveness, variations of effectiveness across cultures, and untangling how parents influence children from how children influence them.”

  Spiritual Interventions in Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy  2012  Edited by Donald F. Walker, PhD and William L. Hathaway, PhD

“This book presents guidance for integrating spiritual interventions in psychotherapy with children and their families. The interventions are appropriate for a range of settings, presenting problems, and client belief systems. Specific chapters address the use of prayer, forgiveness, acceptance, spiritual awareness, sacred texts, and God images in therapy. Illustrative case studies are included, and ethical issues are given special consideration.”

Cognition and Brain Development: Converging Evidence From Various Methodologies  2013  Edited by Bhoomika Rastogi Kar, PhD

‘In this book, an elite group of international contributors presents the latest advances in the science of cognitive development.”

Internationalizing Multiculturalism: Expanding Professional Competencies in a Globalized World  2013  Edited by Rodney L. Lowman, PhD

“This book broadens the concept of multiculturalism to encompass internationalism. In other words, it internationalizes multiculturalism. It argues that professionals in all fields can enhance both their multicultural and international competence to perform more effectively.”

The Psychology of Meaning  2013  Edited by Keith D. Markman, PhD; Travis Proulx, PhD; and Matthew J. Lindberg, PhD

The Psychology of Meaning explores the multifaceted nature of this highly subjective construct. The volume's contributors examine meaning along five dimensions — the architecture of meaning, responding to uncertainty, meaning from retrospection, compensating for meaning violations, and restoring meaning: physiological and neurocognitive mechanisms.”


Need Help with PsycInfo?

At the beginning of each school year, the publishers of PsycInfo offer online training classes to students.  Click here for a list of training for both new students and students looking for more advanced searching tips.  You can also access the PsycInfo Youtube channel for videos of different search questions.   These are short to-the-point videos averaging about 3 minutes.  Check them out and remember, as always, you can contact a librarian at any time for help.


Testkits at Downtown Los Angeles

Below is a list of the kits available at the Downtown Los Angeles campus:  Please check online catalog for availability.  Circulation is at the Downtown campus.

16 PF

ADI-R Autism Diagnostic Interview, Revised

ARES- Anger Regulation and Expression Scale

ASRS- Autism Spectrum Rating Scales

Assessment Battery for Children (ABC-II)

Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule, 2nd Ed. (ADOS)



Beery VMI- Developmental test of visual-motor integration

Boston Naming Test

Brown's Attention-Deficit Disorder Scales


BSS- Beck Scale for Suicide Ideation

Bully Victimization Scale

CAP- Child Abuse Potential Inventory

CARS 2- Childhood autism rating scales

CBRS- Conners Comprehensive Behavior Rating Scales


CELF-4 Clinical Eval. Language Fundamentals

Children's Category Test

CMS- Children's Memory Scale

Conners 3, 3rd ed.

Conners 3, 3rd ed.kit

CRS-R Conners' Revised

CTOPP- Comprehensive Test of Phonological Processing

CTQ- Childhood Trauma Questionnaire

CVLT-C CA verbal learning test, children's


CVMT- Continuous Visual Memory Test




Emotional Quoteint Inventory

Emotional Quoteint Inventory: Youth Version

Expressive One-Word Picture Vocabulary Test


GDRT 2- Gray Diagnostic Reading Tests

GORT5- Gray Oral Reading Tests

Hare PCL-R


House, Tree, Person


Inventory of Suicide Orientation-30 Adolescent (ISO-30)

IORNS- Inventory of Offender Risk, Needs and Strenghts

KABC-2 Kaufman Assessment Battery Children

Kinetic Drawing System


MACI Millon Adolescent Clinical Inventory

MAYSI: Massachusetts Youth Screen


MIST- Memory for Intentions Test

MIST- Memory for Intentions Test




MMPI-A Integrated


M-PACI Millon PreAdolescent Clinical Inventory

MSI-R - Marital Satisfaction Inventory

NAB- Neuropsychological Assessment Battery, Attention Module

Nelson-Denny Reading Test


Occupational Stress Inventory, Revised Edition (OSI-R)







RCFT- Rey Complex Figure Test & Recognition Trial

Receptive One-Word Picture Vocabulary Test


Relationship Report Card




Suicide Ideationi Questionnaire (SIQ)

Suicide Probability Scale (SPS)

TAPS 3- Test of Auditory Processing Skills 3rd. Ed.


TEC- Tasks of Executive Control




UNIT- Universal Nonverbal Intelligence Test


WAIS : held in several places



WISC: held in several places

WISC-IV Integrated



WMLS-R , Woodcock-Munoz language survey

WNV Nonverbal scale



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Some notes on APA citations

Here are a few examples of some familiar and not so familiar citations from APA. Also when working with peer review materials versus non-peer reviewed it is good to designate the items.


In today’s environment of multi-media and social media presentations and publications many questions arise as to how to document our writings, speeches, and other research oriented materials.

Here are a few examples of some of the types of APA citations that may be useful in documenting our research and presentation efforts. In addition, while the citations for peer reviewed articles and presentations are not different in format from non-peer reviewed it is sound practice to notate this distinction when possible. In resumes, bibliographies, and annual reports it is often advantageous to list peer-review materials in one section and non-peer review materials in another.

APA citation examples:


Basic format for books
Calfee, R. C., & Valencia, R. R. (1991). APA guide to preparing manuscripts for journal publication. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

Article Single Author
Last name first, followed by author initials.
Berndt, T. J. (2002). Friendship quality and social development. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 11, 7-10.

Two Authors
List by their last names and initials. Use the ampersand instead of "and."
Wegener, D. T., & Petty, R. E. (1994). Mood management across affective states: The hedonic contingency hypothesis. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 66, 1034-1048.

Two or More Works by the Same Author in the Same Year
Berndt, T. J. (1981a). Age changes and changes over time in prosocial intentions and behavior between friends. Developmental Psychology, 17, 408-416.
Berndt, T. J. (1981b). Effects of friendship on prosocial intentions and behavior. Child Development, 52, 636-643.

Introductions, Prefaces, Forewords, and Afterwords
Cite the publishing information about a book as usual, but cite Introduction, Preface, Foreword, or Afterword (whatever title is applicable) as the chapter of the book.
Funk, R., & Kolln, M. (1998). Introduction. In E. W. Ludlow (Ed.), Understanding English grammar (pp. 1-2). Needham, MA: Allyn and Bacon.

Article or Chapter in an Edited Book

O'Neil, J. M., & Egan, J. (1992). Men's and women's gender role journeys: A metaphor for healing, transition, and transformation. In B. R. Wainrib (Ed.), Gender issues across the life cycle (pp. 107-123). New York, NY: Springer.

Conference Proceedings
Schnase, J. L., & Cunnius, E. L. (Eds.). (1995). Proceedings from CSCL '95: The First International Conference on Computer Support for Collaborative Learning. Mahwah, NJ: Erlbaum.

Article From an Online Periodical with DOI Assigned
Author, A. A., & Author, B. B. (Date of publication). Title of article. Title of Journal, volume number, page range. doi:0000000/000000000000 or http://dx.doi.org/10.0000/0000

Newspaper Article

Parker-Pope, T. (2008, May 6). Psychiatry handbook linked to drug industry. The New York Times. Retrieved from http://well.blogs.nytimes.com

Blog (Weblog) and Video Blog Post

Include the title of the message and the URL. Please note that titles for items in online communities (e.g. blogs, newsgroups, forums) are not italicized. If the author’s name is not available, provide the screen name.

J Dean. (2008, May 7). When the self emerges: Is that me in the mirror? [Web log comment]. Retrieved from http://www.spring.org.uk/the1sttransport

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Somatic Psychology Resource

Nancy Eichhorn (Somatic Psychology) is the publisher of a new magazine devoted to the field of Somatic Psychotherapy. It features both national and international writers. The journal is entitled, Somatic Psychotherapy Today, under the auspices of The United States Association for Body Psychotherapy and the European Association for Body Psychotherapy.

Here is a link to the journal:


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RefWorks is a useful bibliographic tool.  Very helpful during the dissertation process or for general studies. Students have to set up the accounts individually.
Here is a campus link.

It can also be found at http://chi.librarypass.org/

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Downtown Los Angeles Library Hours

Hello to all. The Downtown Los Angeles Library will be open during some of the session break time. Our hours of operation are tied to the campus hours of operation. When the campus is closed, we obviously will be closed.

December 12 to January 17

The Library will be open Monday through Friday 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
We will be closed on the Weekends.

In addition, the library will be closing at 5:00 on Thursday December 22nd, in honor of our holiday break . We will resume service on January 3, 2012.

So if you need assistance please free to contact us during our scheduled hours of operation. We in the library wish you all a happy and restful break period.

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New Books in the LA Library

We have added the following titles to the LA Library:

Gangs and Delinquency in Developmental Perspective. Thornberry, Krohn, Lizotte, Smith and Tobin

Adolescent Gangs: Old Issues, New Approaches.  Branch

Handbook of Neurodevelopmental and Genetic Disorders in Children, 2nd Ed. Goldstein & Reynolds

Clinical Supervision in Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counseling, Revised Ed. Powell & Brodsky

Focusing-Oriented Psychotherapy. Gendlin

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Library Reminders for Downtown Los Angeles Library

This fall the Chicago School in Los Angeles has seen an increase in the student body as we continue to grow our programs and campus community. With more students in Los Angeles and additional students from Westwood and Irvine campus’ using the resources in the LA library, we have encountered higher concentrations of students using our facilities at any given time. The library staff wishes to provide the highest possible service to our campus community to the best of our ability. With the increased use of the library, we ask that library patrons be respectful of resources available and other students who might need those resources as well.

We would like to ask students to be mindful of the needs of other students during periods of heavy activity and courteously to share computer access when possible. Our campus peak times are usually around the lunch time break period.

Also as the campus grows, for security reasons, we ask that you do not leave personal belongings in the library for extended periods of time. If you intend to leave the library for more than 5-10 minutes, please make sure that you take your belongings with you. This ensures the highest security for you and provides other students access to our resources.

Thanks for your cooperation,

Library Staff

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